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Profession: Newspaper Editor, Connect Weekly Newspaper
Age: 33 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 9

Fascinated by the people who live here, and honored to be in a profession that allows her to share their stories.

Growing up in the Village of Eganville, Ontario, now 33-year-old Dawn Booth started her journalism journey at the age of nine, after her first story was published in the community’s local newspaper.

Later, while attending Opeongo High School, Dawn was selected for a position as youth reporter at the Eganville Leader. It was there that she learned how the newsroom coordinates, and gained the experience that benefited her future endeavours. After graduating from Opeongo with a scholarship for Studies in Visual Arts Communications Technology, Dawn moved to Toronto and obtained the Print and Broadcast Journalism diploma at the School of Media Studies & Information Technology at Humber College.

In the fall of 2007, Dawn moved to Fort McMurray, where she worked at Fort McMurray Today, and went on to co-launch snapd Wood Buffalo. In 2014, she created Media Booth to help local clients and businesses in the social-profit sectors with their communication and marketing needs. She currently takes a leading role at Connect Weekly newspaper as its managing editor.

Volunteerism is something Dawn is passionate about. She is the acting president of the Fort McMurray Environment Committee, and a member-at-large of the Northern Off-Road Society. She was a guest editor and is currently a member-at-large of Northword Magazine, a regular Gold Star Awards judge for Fort McMurray Tourism Association, and co-founder and media director of World Hijab Day YMM.

In her free time, Dawn creates LEGO® masterpieces with her three children, writes poetry, shoots photography, explores DIY projects, and enjoys bird-watching.

Dawn’s passion for the environment, and helping with communications within the social profit sector are just a couple of reasons she has been named one of YMM’s Top 50 Under 50.

IN HER OWN WORDS: “I’ve never experienced a place where so many people are motivated to make their community more dynamic. There are so many actions of philanthropy, it’s truly astonishing. It’s the uniqueness in each inspirational individual who I meet - and have met - that made me realize that this is the place I’m meant to be...the place where I feel that I could deliver my purpose, and help others deliver theirs.”